In the early 1800's pattern books for Gothic style houses were readily available. The southern carpenters were familiar with clapboard construction. The stylistic additions just made their work more interesting and challenging. I spotted three of the farmhouses like this one in the range of just a few miles. All were well-kept and welcoming. Gothic style were adapted for brick or stone houses, but the majority seemed to be wood.
Cottage Gothic is a variation notable by its gingerbread detail. I missed taking a photo of the most elaborate one on the road, but this little house on a bluff will do. The owners drove by and waved as they passed me taking photos.
Each of these houses have one thing in common besides their color and porches.